AUDIT OF MEDICAL RECORD DOCUMENTATION OF PATIENTS ADMITTED TO A MEDICAL UNIT IN A TEACHING HOSPITAL NWFP PAKISTAN

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Khalid Mehmood
Shahid Shakeel
Ilyas Saeedi
Zia ud Din

Abstract

Objective: To audit the medical record documentation of patients admitted to a medical unit in year 2005

at a teaching hospital NWFP Pakistan.

Material and Methods: The retrospective audit was conducted in the Medical "C" Unit of Government

Lady Reading Hospital Peshawar from 1st January 2005 to 31st December 2005. Out of 3944 patients

admitted during 2005, 200 case notes were randomly selected and subjected to audit. The clinical notes

were broadly analysed for documentation of six parameters. Each parameter's documentation was to be

graded as very good, good, average, poor, or not documented.

Results: Personal bio-data was documented good in 194(97%) cases; history and examination were good

in 22 (11%) cases; diagnosis was very good in 48 (24%) cases; Investigation were documented very good

in 18 (9%) cases and good in 134 (67%) cases; Progress notes were good in 156 (78%) cases and

treatment was documented good in 186 (93%) cases. In 82 (41%) charts, one or more of the six selected

items were not documented at all. Investigations were not written in 20%, progress notes in 12%, history

and examination in 9%, diagnosis in 6%, treatment in 3% and bio-data in 1% of the case notes

Conclusion: Documentation of important clinical information is poor even in the hospital charts of

patients admitted in tertiary care hospital. Poor documentation in medical records might reduce the quality

of care and undermine analyses based on retrospective chart reviews.

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Mehmood K, Shakeel S, Saeedi I, Din Z ud. AUDIT OF MEDICAL RECORD DOCUMENTATION OF PATIENTS ADMITTED TO A MEDICAL UNIT IN A TEACHING HOSPITAL NWFP PAKISTAN. J Postgrad Med Inst [Internet]. 2011 Jul. 19 [cited 2022 Aug. 13];21(2). Available from: https://www.jpmi.org.pk/index.php/jpmi/article/view/8
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